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First Light At Red Rock (13)
scottevers7 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
This is Red Rock Canyon, a 197,000 acre Bureau Of Land Management Area just 17 miles West of the Las Vegas Strip. This high desert area is part of the Mojave Desert,and sits at the base of the Spring Mountains. The area has a 13 mile scenic drive, and numerous great hiking trails. Along with the regular desert plant and wild life, the area is inhabited bt wild burros that are left over from the early mining days. Most people that go to Las Vegas probably do not even know this beautiful place is here.

I arrived before sunrise to get the first light as it began to color the rock.

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scottevers7 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
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Edited by:Alan_Kolnik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)

I made a second layer of the sky, using the magic wand tool, which picked up the sky very cleanly since it was almost white, then selected a blue tone and used the paint bucket tool to fill in the sky. You could get more creative and overlay a sky with clouds, also, for example, but my goal was to emphasize the reds, not make the sky too interesting.